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so i was thinking today that if SHTF and you ended up meeting some people or went looking for some people to band together with who would you choose? I am not looking for names or family members, but what 4 other areas of expertise would you want to find?

as i am still a students i think i would want to pair up with the following people:
1. contractor- knowledge to build/fix living area.
2. mechanic- able to get car or small engine running.
3. engineer- basis on how many things work and could assist in getting things to work.
4. nurse/doctor- to stay in good medical condition.
 

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1. Prostitute
2. Hooker
3. Stripper
and if I can't find those, then
4. Beer truck driver

If we are all going down, I wanna go down happy.
 

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1. Prostitute
2. Hooker
3. Stripper
and if I can't find those, then
4. Beer truck driver

If we are all going down, I wanna go down happy.
I live in Vegas so that list would be easy to fill :)
 

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1. Doctor
2. Electrical engineer
3. Mechanic
4. Farmer
5. Carpenter

I added one!
 

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How about a farmer, and a well digger?? Gonna need food and fresh water.
 

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Well if your in the South East, you will make friends with all the cool people Hank Williams Jr. was talking about. If you live in the Mid West you have all the illegals toating American made weapons that the current President gave them. If your from out West, your going to be with people from Cali who have ammo magazines that are restricted by State Laws. :shock: If your from the Great Lakes area, your just with a bunch of people who are controled by communist anti gun lobbyists. If you live in the D.C. area and or Maryland you can find a firearm near any drug dealer, rapist, pedofile, felon, he or she may also point you in the right direction of a meth lab.

Just stick to your guns and hope for the best, Cause a Country Boy will Survive! :p

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#2 Les Stroud...... I hate to say that!
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#4 Cody Lundin....he will need to buy some shoes and lay off the hippie pipe!
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as i am still a students i think i would want to pair up with the following people:
1. contractor- knowledge to build/fix living area.
2. mechanic- able to get car or small engine running.
3. engineer- basis on how many things work and could assist in getting things to work.
4. nurse/doctor- to stay in good medical condition.
I've got all that covered in my immediate family; save the contractor, and quite frankly that one is a bit silly. we have tons of buildings already and a SHTF scenario will result in fewer people to fill those buildings....plus, I trust myself to build anything needed.

ps. Anyone that is too specialized is going to need specialized tools to do their job the way they trained to do it.
 

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You would be better off to set up friendships before hand, hard to trust people that may be starving, dehydrated, heavily armed, infected, crazed etc.

I'll be bugging out with my pre-planned group and avoiding contact outside of them. Unless of course an outsider brings something meaningful to the relationship and contributed heavily even then we may just take it.

Hell, We shoot strangers here in the south anyway. LOL!
 

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The best group to be stranded? People who can READ, and COMPREHEND!

Books teach ALL the skills, and some practical application skills.

Granted it's nice to have specialist, but I'll take a raggedy bunch of generalists every time.
 

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an EMT thats also a combat proven E5 corpsman. me and him will be just fine. Other than that people that don't mind smelling bad, refuse to take from the needy, will shoot a rapist on sight and can walk for miles and it will be a good day.
 

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I think for the most part I would be sticking with my family only. Outside of that I don't see us trying to make to many friends unless it would happen to be another family similar to mines (mother & father with kids). I'm pretty confident we could make it. It might take a few days to adjust but when you don't have a choice it's a lot easier to conform.
 

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I would love the idea that in a SHTF scenario, that 'meeting' people was just like it is today. You walk up, say 'Hi!', and we start talking about things that we have in common, etc. and hopefully you can become part of our group. But if this is REALLY a SHTF situation, I don't think that will be the case. I don't plan on a whole lot of meet-and-greets going on in our area. Amongst my peer group, we have discussed this in a lot of detail. The general consensus has become, that we don't want any dead weight in our 'group'. Meaning that everyone is expected to contribute on several levels.

First and foremost, food and resources will be limited, so persons that can augment or at least offset their 'food/resource' footprint will be highly considered. People that can help procure resources, grow and maintain food sources, help to maintain water supply and purity fit this area. Our group would NEED these people most. We have some that fit this area, but at the end of the day our thought process is, if they can bring in more than they use, they are a huge asset to the group. Worst case, we can train them to use a rifle/pistol as time wears on.

The next level we have is our protection/longevity level. Individuals that can bring a positive in the categories of military training, medical training, survival training will be important to most groups. The majority of our current group fall into this group, so we really aren't looking for a lot more, unless our situation was much bigger than 8 or 10 people on a 20 acre area of land. As far as we are concerned, another qualified combatant might be nice, but unless our food and water supply can accommodate, it would be a net loss for the group.

Builders/construction/mechanic types for our group would be similar to the protector/longevity level. We already have a smattering of this within our group. The reality is that until things settle down after whatever the SHTF conflict is, our priorities will not lie in the construction/building and repairing arena. Or I should say that our current group can probably handle our current needs for these areas.

The big unknown that we struggle with in our discussions, is the attitude or mentality of our group as it stands now, or any 'new member' that may be allowed in post-event. Anyone that's ever been in a elevated-stress situation, something as simple as a car accident, bar-fight, hell... even a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM, etc. knows that 90% of us change mentalities when the pressure rises or the rules change on us without notifications. Some of us freeze, some of us run, some of us lead, some of us follow. Until that day comes, our plan sounds good to us now, but it's based on everyone being sane, rational, patient and understanding. If those personality traits don't come to the surface after the disaster, it won't be pretty.
 

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1. The main guy on sons of guns:)
2. Doctor to fix the bg after I shoot him
3. Priest to bury him if the doctor can fix him
4. Lawyer to keep the family from suing me:D
 

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After an apocalypse I wouldn't be looking to bring anyone into my group.

I would be looking to ally my group with other groups but only in the loosest definition of ally.

Just because a person has talents you might find useful doesn't mean they would fit into an established group. Many have marketable technical skills and personalities that stink. At the very least you would need to quarantine anyone to be admitted; restricting their access to the group and its assets. Such a quarantine poses it's own demands for resources.

Having Talents doesn't necessary make them self-sufficient either. Bringing the tool and the skill to use it are valuable only if they also have, at a minimum, their own food, water, weapons, clothes, shelter.
 

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I agree with all of the above. I would add a amateur radian operator (Ham) because communications systems will probably cease functioning. That would allow log range communications.

A journeyman tool & die maker would be good for making replacement components for anything metal.

A journeyman carpenter to build structures to live in and help develop a community.

Lastly a working member of the clergy to grow & educate the community. It would go a long way to keep the moral compass intact.
 
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